Civil Guard training opened my eyes to migrants’ hardships – Muguruza – tennis

Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has stated training with particular teams of Spain’s Civil Guard police drive throughout her off-season opened her eyes to the hardships confronted by weak migrants attempting to attain Europe.

Muguruza underwent army training with the Civil Guard after her French Open exit in October final yr, participating in helicopter rescue missions, cave diving and self-defence courses on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

“It was an incredible week,” Muguruza advised reporters on the Abu Dhabi Open. “I’ve always wanted to do military training, ever since I was a kid, but the timing was never right with playing tennis.

“Just sharing with them the kind of job that they do – they don’t get any awards or trophies – it was such an experience.”

The 27-yr-outdated stated that seeing migrants make sea crossings from Africa was the hardest problem when she labored with the coast guard.

“It was quite hard because you see many people in need,” she added. “I experienced many aspects of the job and I found this one pretty tough. I love all the adventure stuff, but there is an ugly truth that they have to face and it really opened my eyes.”

Muguruza, a runner-up on the Australian Open final yr, additionally stated she had no considerations about this yr’s occasion from Feb. 8-21 regardless of the strict COVID-19 protocols in place, which embrace a 14-day necessary quarantine for gamers.

“I’m not really concerned, I think they’re doing an incredible job in putting all this together and making a whole swing in Melbourne,” she stated.

“I think it’s going to be mentally tough to go through the protocols because nothing comes easy now. I have to prepare for that.”

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